Shakib Al Hasan returns home

In a major blow to Bangladesh, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will miss the finals against India in the Asia Cup due to injury. The left-arm bowler has in fact gone back to his home country as there is no improvement in his fractured finger.

The team management expected the left-hand batsman to recover for the match against Pakistan, but his injury worsened and he will be out of action for some more time.

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Shakib out for six months: Bangladesh team management 

BCB’s cricket operations chairman Akram Khan gave clarification on the all-rounder’s condition. He said that Shakib will be out for four to six weeks. According to the BCB Chairman, Shakib’s pain had increased over the last few days and physio Thihan Chandramohan tried his best to get him on the field, but the pain was too much.

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At the same time, he thanked the Bangladesh player for playing the first four matches with the pain he had.

The all-rounder sustained an injury to his finger on January 27 while playing an ODI against Sri Lanka. However, he played cricket with the fractured finger for some time. He featured in the Nidahas T20 Trophy in March, was part of Bangladesh in a T20I series against Afghanistan in June and also toured West Indies.

Just before the Asia Cup, the left-arm spinner said that he will undergo a surgery but he postponed it after  BCB president Nazmul Hassan requested him to play in the Asia Cup.

Bangladesh without Tamim and Shakib in finals 

On September 26, Bangladesh defeated Pakistan to reach the finals of the Asia Cup. But the team has already lost their star batsman Tamim Iqbal earlier in the tournament due to an injury and now Shakib’s injury has added to their concerns.

Bangladesh will play India in the finals on September 28.